Atomistic switch of giant magnetoresistance and spin thermopower in graphene-like nanoribbons

Abstract

We demonstrate that the giant magnetoresistance can be switched off (on) in even- (odd-) width zigzag graphene-like nanoribbons by an atomistic gate potential or edge disorder inside the domain wall in the antiparallel (ap) magnetic configuration. A strong magneto-thermopower effect is also predicted that the spin thermopower can be greatly enhanced in the ap configuration while the charge thermopower remains low. The results extracted from the tight-binding model agree well with those obtained by first-principles simulations for edge doped graphene nanoribbons. Analytical expressions in the simplest case are obtained to facilitate qualitative analyses in general contexts.

DOI: 10.1038/srep36762

Cite this paper

@inproceedings{Zhai2016AtomisticSO, title={Atomistic switch of giant magnetoresistance and spin thermopower in graphene-like nanoribbons}, author={Ming-Xing Zhai and Xuefeng Wang}, booktitle={Scientific reports}, year={2016} }